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Hello.

I'm sorry if I will suggest something which already exist in your software. I will be honest, I did not tried it yet ;) but after watching tutorials and after fast look through the forum, I really see no points to try.

Why not?

I'm long-time user of Ventura (since Xerox Ventura Publisher v.1.1 DOS till the last Corel Ventura v10). And some features which existed in Ventura in 199X still missing in the modern apps - which made modern systems almost unusable for people like me, who have an experience ;) without them, I can see only another clone of InDesign which make no more sense than the original one.

Which features I mean to be so crucial?

1. A dedicated "paragraph" tool. Nowadays, all apps I know use the same tool for text and paragraph, but they are different beasts! Give back an ability to select and operate multiple PARAGRAPHS together in a random order. This is crucial for structured texts, like poetry or interviews, texts with multiple subheads, lists and bullets, etc.

2. Give us paragraph styles when vertical position will be related on previous paragraph position (first line's baseligh alignment, breaks, relative indents). It hard to explain, just refer to any versions of Ventura, even earlier DOS version. This is crucial for handling table-style texts, like documentation, without usage of actual table which is way faster and flexible.

3. Multy-column page layouts and Multy-column text frames! And advanced decoration (frames, rules) for frames, to avoid innecessary graphics, which is important for appkucations like magazine layouting.

4. Paragraph styles which can respect or IGNORE colunms. This is very important for a long structured documents - for example, magazine-style or book 2-columns layout with multiple heads breaking the columns.

Please, do it, and the army of professionals who remember old good times will be yours ;)

 

Please, refer this manual for Paragraph tool, Paragraph style setyings and Frame Settings:

http://www.bitsavers.org/bits/Xerox/Ventura/doc/610E03760_Ventura_Publisher_1.1_Reference_1987.pdf

 

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I too used Ventura back in the DOS days, can't recall much detail about it though. I don't miss monochrome monitors and slow machines.


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Maybe you should have tried the Beta program of Affinity Publisher. Just to discover that the necessities you bring forward are already implemented.Mind that this is still a beta version of an immensely talented piece of software with keen developers. It can mean that some things do not work as in the olden days. Please keep an open mind and explore this Beta and the finished product. You will be amazed by its potential, given its current state of timely 'infancy'. 

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